Right-Side Up View of an Up-side Down world
April 30 - June 25, 2023
Bob Jones and I are planning to preach through a series based on the kingdom parables of Jesus. The title “Right-side up view of an upside-down world.”
This might be a revelation for some but Jesus did not come primarily to set up the church. His purpose was to inaugurate the Kingdom. In all his teaching he only mentions church in one message - and only in its missional sense. So I think this is an important observation. The church reflects the kingdom as it lives out the values of the kingdom in the community of the “called”. The kingdom is much larger than the church and at times even at odds with the church. This is evident through history, particularly when the church had greater political and cultural influence. We need not point out the many ways in which the church failed to reflect the values of the kingdom of heaven, the kingdom of Jesus, when it failed not only to live up to those values but participated in their demise. Do we need to mention the inquisition, the promotion of slavery, residential schools etc? The list is embarrassingly quite long.
So, we would like to reflect on, again perhaps, what Jesus was trying to communicate with all those parables about the Kingdom of Heaven. What are we to make of them? and how might we respond to them? Here is a schedule of the preaching schedule. I trust this will be a fruitful journey for all of us.
The Growing Seed
Wheat / tares
Hidden Treasure/ Pearl
Tax Collector / Pharisee
Peace and Grace,